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The mystery of the digitally disadvantaged ancestors

I read this short story in 197x. It consists mostly, perhaps entirely, of a conversation, part of which I can summarize/paraphrase: “Do you ever wonder why we use base twelve?” “The advantages ...
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Was the ancient Sith Order as secretive as the Banite Sith Order?

Darth Bane implemented the Rule of Two to limit the number of Sith to just a master and an apprentice. The two Sith would often keep their identities as Sith Lords secret. Were the ancient Sith (...
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Sci Fi novel possibly from the 70s on high gravity world

I am looking for a science fiction novel I have read more than 20 years ago and which is possibly part of a series. I cannot remember the exact story line but it involved a guy from earth who came to ...
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Do Pokémon trainers develop some kind of limited resistance to their Pokémon's abilities?

Obvious comedic aspects of the cartoon show especially aside, this may be a partial explanation. Think about it: James can breathe Weezing's smog with no ill effects. Brock was able to hug a Sharpedo....
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Book based on an alien planet that can be controlled by thoughts and beliefs [closed]

What is the book based on an alien planet that is controlled and mutated by thoughts and beliefs? The more people believe something, the more the planet changes. There is a religion based on ...
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Could repulsorlifts be controlled? [on hold]

In the Star Wars trilogy, could the power of repulsorlifts be controlled to control the altitude of the ship? IE: Can the repulsorlifts be controlled to output different amounts of "thrust" to ascend ...
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How does T. H. White's Merlyn experience time?

In The Once and Future King it is clear that Merlyn was "born backwards in time", but I cannot determine exactly what that means. In The Sword in the Stone, chapter three, Merlyn says: “Now ...
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Is Gandalf's resurrection solely by power of Ilúvatar or did Rhadagast have any part in it? [duplicate]

In the Lord of the Rings trilogy, we see Gandalf fall in the mines of Moria fighting the Balrog, and then we see him in The Two Towers alive and well. Is his resurrection solely by power of Ilúvatar ...
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Was Aniara demonstrating panspermia?

The ending didn't seem to fit any of the sociological or scientific themes of Aniara. The name of the story itself implies despair, and it continually devolves in each act. However by the nature of ...
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Is there an in-universe explanation for the American flag in HBO's series Watchmen?

In HBO's TV adaptation of the Watchmen, during the pilot episode, the American flag hanging Angela Abraham and her neighbour's porch is really different (image below). Click image to enlarge At ...
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Why do the TIE Fighter pilot helmets have similar ridges as the rebels?

After having prop replicas of a TIE Fighter pilot' helmet and the Red Five helmet in view at same time, I noticed that both have characteristic ridges going to the back (circled in red on the 2 ...
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PC Game: Flaming skull skeletons as enemies

I played this game at least 16 years ago... It has to be either from the late 90s or early 2000s. It has third-person gameplay. I don't remember what the story was actually about (it had a fantasy ...
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What book is Milgrim reading in William Gibson's Spook Country?

Throughout William Gibson's Spook Country Milgrim is reading a book he found in the pocket of the coat he stole. Its a 1961 history of messianic medieval history. Has anyone managed to identify the ...
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Where did the “Memories transferred through DNA” idea used in Assassin's Creed come from?

In the Assassin's Creed series, one of the major plot devices involves using a machine to explore the memories of the main character's ancestors. The theory behind it is that your DNA stores all the ...
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Is Margo Madison in “For All Mankind” based on Margaret Hamilton?

I recently watched the first episode of For All Mankind. A friend of mine who recommended it said that one of the leading characters among the historical ones is Margaret Hamilton, the leading NASA ...
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Why are there sphinxes at the entrance to the Citadel?

The gates of the Citadel at Oldtown are flanked by a pair of Sphinxes, a male and a female: Do we know anything about why and how they got to be there?
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Shifter book series with the alpha's daughter as the main character through out the series

Want to go back and finish a romance/suspense series I started a couple years ago and can't remember author, character names or anything extremely helpful except for the story. The series is about ...
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If no spell can reawaken the dead, how did the resurrection stone work?

Dumbledore himself said that no spell can reawaken the dead. Isn't that the main objective of the resurrection stone? If one can't reawaken the dead then what is the use of the stone? Surely then one ...
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What happened to Hopper's girlfriend in season one?

In one episode in season one we see Hopper in the middle of the night go out to smoke a cigarette. In a few seconds he is joined by a woman who asks him to get back inside. I assume that's his ...
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60's or earlier probably “young adult” story about a community sent into the future by a nuclear accident [duplicate]

I know exactly when I read this story, in the spring of 1968, when I was in Germany to improve my german. Of course it could have been written any time before. I actually read it in german. But I was ...
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Science Fiction Novel Search: Plot Includes Socialist Mass Entertainment Media Premise

A few decades ago I read a story, I think possibly about first contact or solar system colonization conflict, which included an interesting sociological setting. The premise was that, as automation ...
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Why don't the Mr Meeseeks just kill themselves?

In the Rick and Morty episode "Meeseeks and Destroy", Rick gives the family a Meeseeks box to help them out. This box creates a being called Mr Meeseeks, whose only goal is to fulfill any request made ...
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What happened to Knights of Ren?

Kylo Ren corrupted some of Luke's students to create the Knights of Ren. But, why aren't we seeing these force guys? Were the Snoke's red uniformed bodyguards the Knights of Ren? If so, why did they ...
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Which libraries exist outside the Citadel?

So, I know about the Citadel in Old Town, which is like Grand Maester Station, and has a massive library. But I am interested in mentions of libraries throughout the books. Especially the Red Keep in ...
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Who else has stopped the “Unstoppable” Juggernaut in battle?

Contrary to his moniker, Cain Marko (The Unstoppable Juggernaut)n_has_ been literally "stopped" cold before. True, it's usually by some INHUMANELY POWERFUL beings, but that goes without saying. The ...
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1930s version of the novel ‘The Power’?

I recently read The Power by Frank M Robinson. It reminded me of a novel that I think was published in the 1930s. In that novel the superman has powers similar to the one in Robinson’s book but has ...
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Did Tom Riddle really try to kill Aragog?

Based on the Riddle's diary: A vast, low-slung, hairy body and a tangle of black legs; a gleam of many eyes and a pair of razor-sharp pincers — Riddle raised his wand again, but he was too late. ...
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How well are professors paid at Hogwarts?

Just kind of a curious question that came to mind while looking at this answer about who gifted Harry the Nimbus 2000 (a fairly expensive broom at the time, I would imagine) which says it was ...
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Movie where a woman is running away from a plant creature which rips her shorts?

I'm trying to figure out a movie's name. In the movie there was a woman running away from some plant creature, and she was knocked out. I remember it tried to rape her and ripped her shorts as its ...
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Names of all the spacecrafts on the art by Philippe “Manchu" Bouchet

I just saw @retroscifiart's tweet with a neat illustration with lots of spaceships from different movies. Art by Philippe “Manchu" Bouchet. Some of the spaceships are familiar for me, but not all. I ...
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Do repulsorlifts work upside-down?

We see schematics of craft like the x wing's repusorlits (below) But it appears to have a sort of downwards constructed appearance. If repulsorlifts are the main source of lift in a planets sphere of ...
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Why are Dreadnoughts forgetting who they were?

While trying to find out if there has been a Dreadnought Chapter Master (there has been btw, Daggan of the Blood Swords), I read the following here (emphasis by me): Daggan was a Venerable ...
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Short story where time is accelerated and characters have to get back to ship?

Looking for a short story where time is accelerated on a planet. The characters are actually born at the beginning of the story and then grow up quickly and inadvertently learn that their forebears ...
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How old is Kitty Pryde in Earth 616?

When Kitty Pryde was introduced in Uncanny X-Men 129, she was described as being 13 years old. In Uncanny X-Men 141, we are shown a grown up Katherine Pryde - specifically in the year 2013. We are not ...
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If Orcus is an Imaginary Friend, then who is his “real person”?

Towards the end of the second season of "Happy!", Nick and Merry meet Orcus, the god of death. To protect himself, Orcus uses his power and forces any bystander to attempt to commit suicide. Then ...
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What's written on the wall?

On both Earth 1 and Earth 2, the Time Vault has what appears to be braille text all over the its walls. What, if anything, does the braille say? Does it read the same between universes?
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Why was a 2-1B droid attending the war meeting where Mon Mothma addresses the Rebel forces?

In Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi, when the High Command briefs Rebel commanders aboard the ship Home One, we can see a 2-1B droid sitting among them. I understand the presence of other droids like ...
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Is the first X-Men film the only time Jean Grey has been slimed by Toad?

In the first X-Men film, during the Statue of Liberty fight, Cyclops, Wolverine, Jean Grey, and Storm are ambushed by Mystique and Toad, who had both been alerted earlier of the X-Men's arrival. ...
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Who turned on the lightsaber?

Spoilers for The Last Jedi: he narrates Kylo Ren's thoughts/feelings (saying things like "he turns the lightsaber towards his enemy" and so on) we see the Skywalker lightsaber being manipulated ...
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In House of Stairs, what was Peter's secret?

In William Sleator's House of Stairs we find this passage at the end of the book: Peter and Lola were watching each other. Lola knew that their secret, the secret that they were about to give in ...
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Is normal Kryptonian physiology affected by magic?

To make myself clear, I'm aware that one of Superman's major weaknesses is magic, but is that because he's also superpowered by a yellow sun, or just because he's from Krypton? Would Kryptonians be as ...
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Were the Deathly Hallows ACTUALLY not gifts from an entity of “Death” itself, but created from uncommonly used magical sources? [duplicate]

I was never sure if the Deathly Hallows story of the Three Brothers was to be taken literally or figuratively. Honestly, I leaned more toward the "fable" explanation. That means the items themselves ...
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In Klingon culture, is there a specific meaning behind crossing your arms and/or turning away (besides discommendation)?

Is this gesture only reserved for the discommendation ceremony (TNG: “Sins of the Father”), and subsequent reminders of the status (TNG: “Reunion”)? Have we seen Klingons use that gesture under any ...
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Is Matt Murdock's Daredevil persona still public knowledge in the comics?

This is in the comic continuity, not the TV show, but at one point, Matt Murdock was outed as Daredevil. I know he turned down an invitation to the Avengers because of it, recommending Ronin to serve ...
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Old Power Ranger like anime with transforming vehicles

At least 8 years ago, finding old Power Ranger like character where their vehicles transform while still riding ON their vehicle, red bike turns into a T-rex, yellow car turns into a rhino look alike, ...
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What happened to the Master's blue laser powers?

What happened to the Master's blue laser powers and why doesn't (s)he have them in the Peter Capaldi episode with Missy?
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How developed is Huttese?

Between all the dialog in A Phantom Menace and A New Hope, the various animated series (where I understand the Hutts figured prominently in some story lines) and now The Mandalorian, there has been ...
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80's movie involving replacing actors with CGI [duplicate]

This was a movie I saw a few times on British TV during the 80's, but I don't think it was much older than that. English language, almost certainly American-produced. I think it was an action movie, ...
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Is there significance to the all-female main characters in Annihilation?

Having watched Annihilation (2018), the film adaptation by Alex Garland, I found it curious to see an all-female lead cast (barring Oscar Isaac who plays Kane). After discovering it was based on a ...
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Looking for thrillers about mathematics and science [closed]

Newbie question. I am looking for thrillers to read about any of the following subjects: scientific research phd students professors and labs mathematics contemporary, or in the near future ( this ...

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